1991 Mitsubishi Strada
Mitsubishi trucks and SUVs are renowned across the globe for their reliability, tenacity, and capability. From Dakkar to WRC, Mitsubishi dominated off-road racing in the '90s. This 1991 Strada pickup draws heavily on the brand's racing heritage with its rally-inspired decal set and Baja Red (R82) over Cement (1H5) two-tone paint. Aside from a few light dings and chips, the paint is in good nick, and the truck is set off by OEM rainguards, refinished Pajero alloy wheels, and a new spray-in bed liner. Offered with a mere 98k verified and documented miles, this recently serviced five-seater is turn key and ready to rock. Enthusiasts will love the legendary 2.5L turbo diesel engine and gutty 4WD system, but beyond this model's practicality, it actually boasts a spacious cabin with a number of power amenities. Unique, useful, and affordable this JDM truck turns more heads than its more expensive counterparts. As a weekend hauler, daily driver, or specialized off-road play toy this superb, stick shift Mitsubishi is a Japanese Classic that won't last long!
The cabin is in above-average shape for a 31 year old truck and was clearly well cared for in Japan. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding, thanks to a low profile dash and relatively high factory ride height. The dashboard lacks any cracking or distortion and has a simple, utilitarian layout. Only the necessities, with just enough power equipment to make daily duty a breeze. A modern Pioneer head unit replaces the dated factory unit and the sound quality is decent. The simple to operate climate control system features cold air conditioning for these remaining warm days of the year and the heat works for the winter ahead. While the locks, mirrors, and rear windows are manual, the driver does receive electric front windows and an adjustable steering column. The seats and door cards are upholstered in a gray textured cloth, with gray vinyl accents. It's a durable combination and has resisted any rips, tears, or major stains over the years. The headliner looks good and is tight and taught. The carpets have been cared for as well and as a whole, the neat and tidy interior should satisfy the next driver and whatever potential passengers await.
The tried and true 4D56 Asteron turbo diesel engine powers this tremendous truck. Fresh off an oil and filter service the four-banger cranks to life care of a new 12v battery we installed in our shop. Keeping up with maintenance schedules, a new engine air filter was thrown in to maximize fuel economy and power and the 2.5L idles with confidence. The driver controls the driveline through a stout five-speed manual gearbox. Depending on the pilot's preference, two or four-wheel drive can be chosen and if the going gets rough, a low gear setting can be engaged through the selective transfer case. The suspension can handle the rigors of daily use and abuse and comfortably absorbs potholes and road imperfections of any and all sizes. Our trained technicians have given the drivetrain a thorough look over and installed a new wheel bearing and new inner and outer tie rods. After the drivetrain refresh this Mitsu drives right as rain and a fresh alignment keeps her tracking straight. The brakes feel confident and the power steering isn't too heavy for daily use. Lastly, we mounted and balanced five new 31" Falken all-terrain tires, including the spare. They match the no-nonsense aesthetic and most importantly will deliver tens of thousands of miles of year-round grip for a long time to come! For a JDM hauler on a budget, the Mitsubishi Strada is a tough contender, and well equipped to take its next owner to whatever roads or trails await!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.